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So is it time for Chevrolet's Brent Dewar to weigh in on the NASCAR-Camaro situation?

   Chevy boss Brent Dewar (Photo: GM)

   By Mike Mulhern


   The racing future of Chevrolet's new Camaro has been up for debate much of the summer, with General Motors holding the line that it didn't want that new model racing in NASCAR…even though Ford's Jack Roush plans to run the new Mustang on NASCAR's Nationwide tour.
    GM's new boss of Chevy Global, Brent Dewar, will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, and he will certainly be asked about the future – if any – of the new Camaro in NASCAR.
    And what to make of the latest sales figures out of Detroit, that the new Camaro is outselling the new Mustang?
    Last month Chevrolet sold 8,680 Camaros, while Ford sold 6,289 Mustangs.
   And that looks like the third straight month the Camaro has outsold the Mustang.
   Is any of that related to Chevrolet's current dominance on the NASCAR circuit? Or is it just coincidence?
   And how will that weigh on the Camaro-NASCAR situation?


   Chevy races its Corvettes (in the American Le Mans series). Where will Chevy race its hot new Camaro? (Photo: GM)


The 2010 Mustang has the

The 2010 Mustang has the carry-over V6 and V8 from 2009, while the 2011 Mustang will have both a new V6 and a 5.0 liter V8. So I'm not surprised that the Camaro currently outsells the Mustang:


Ford always seems to have a terrible history of doing this - get the model out with the same drive trains and then upgrade the following model year. But if I was a serious Mustang buyer, I would simply wait for the '11 model.

We just talked with Brent

We just talked with Brent Dewar, the new Chevy boss, about all this....and we're writing that piece right now.
Now that we've got this note --

"* 3.7L V6 to be rated at 315 horsepower: Same as 2010 GT; 15 hp more than Camaro V6
* No immediate plans for EcoBoost V6 Mustang due to small horsepower gap between EcoBoost and 5.0L V8 (365 vs 400)
* 2011 Mustang GT to be rated at 400 horsepower, will get increase in 2012
* 2011 Mustang GT to get 6-speed transmission and variable valve timing
* 2011 Mustang GT Track Pack to include Brembo brakes
* 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L V8, 6-speed, track pack, Brembo brakes ran even with 414-hp BMW M3, which is 200 lbs lighter, at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan
* 2011 Shelby GT500 to get Aluminum Block
* Next special edition: 2012 Boss"

--- we'll have to go run him down and ask him some more questions.
Thanks for the info.....

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